There’s now a critical mass of wineries and tasting rooms in historic Julian, about an hour’s drive from central San Diego. In the center of town, start at Blue Door (2608 B Street). You may also want to visit the Witch Creek tasting room (2000 Main Street). After that, take short drive to J. Jenkins (1255 Julian Orchards Drive) and then Menghini (1150 Julian Orchards Drive). If you’ve brought a picnic, Menghini’s patio is the best spot to enjoy it.
Backtrack a bit and turn right onto Highway 78, where you’ll soon encounter Country Cellars (4456 Highway 78) and Orfila (4470 Highway 78). If you're game for more, stop at Milagro (18750-C Littlepage Road, accessible from the 78) or Edwards (26502 Highway 78) and then proceed back to San Diego via Ramona and Poway. You’ll be home before you know it.
Current Julian Tasting Room Hours:
Blue Door: Friday-Saturday 11-6, Sunday-Thursday 12-5
Witch Creek: Daily 11-5
J. Jenkins: Thursday-Sunday 11-5
Menghini: Monday-Friday 10-4, Saturday-Sunday 10-5
Country Cellars: Wednesday-Sunday 11-5, holiday Mondays 11-4
Milagro: Friday-Monday 11-5
Edwards: Saturday-Sunday 11-4